Empowered to Witness

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

Let's see.  "... the ends of the earth" must include Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie, Superior, Westminster, Broomfield, Arvada, Golden, Longmont, Denver and wherever else your feet - or a car or airplane or boat - take you.  How are you being a witness for Christ these days?

I'm also thinking about the word "power."  Jesus, right before his ascension into heaven, told the disciples that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them.  This happened in a BIG way ten days later, on the day of Pentecost (see Acts 2).  Power is one of those words that you and I use in many, many different ways.  Sometimes we are talking about engines and horsepower.  Sometime we are talking about who has the power and who doesn't... power over... power under... abuse of power... authority (and its source)... or the appropriate use of power.

For Jesus, power was about being connected to the ultimate Source of power - God.  For Jesus, power was used to serve and to enhance life for others.  For Jesus, power was pretty much always about the power of love.

It seems to me that if we are using "power" to manipulate, to judge, or to attack or destroy another person or the planet, we are not using the kind of power that Jesus was talking about, and we are not being witnesses for Christ.  That is, we're not following in the way of Jesus.  On the other hand, if you are making life a little better for someone else, if you are really listening to or seeing another person, if you are at least as concerned for another person's welfare as you are your own, if you are extending grace in some way to another person and giving him or her the benefit of the doubt (assuming the best and not the worst), then... you are being a powerful witness for Christ in the world.

How are you being a witness for Christ today?